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Table 3 Influence of mothers’ group peers, friends, partner and other family on maternal attitudes towards child feeding, physical activity and television viewing behaviours, by education level. Data from the 2012–13 follow-up of the Melbourne Infant Feeding, Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program

From: The influence of the maternal peer group (partner, friends, mothers’ group, family) on mothers’ attitudes to obesity-related behaviours of their children

    No influence A little influence Some influence Major influence No partner p*
Child Feeding Mothers’ Group High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 118) 54.2 28.8 12.7 4.2 0.0 < 0.0001
University (n = 180) 32.8 30.6 32.8 3.9 0.0  
Friends High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 121) 33.9 46.3 19.0 0.8 0.0 0.004
University (n = 180) 23.3 37.8 34.4 4.4 0.0  
Partner High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 120) 16.4 25.0 34.5 24.1 3.4 0.003
University (n = 180) 6.7 16.2 44.7 32.4 0.6  
Other Family High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 120) 25.0 35.0 34.2 5.8 0.0 0.27
University (n = 180) 16.7 33.9 42.8 6.7 0.0  
Child Television Viewing Mothers’ Group High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 120) 73.3 18.3 8.3 0.0 0.0 0.069
University (n = 180) 60.0 23.3 15.6 1.1 0.0  
Friends High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 122) 59.8 27.9 12.3 0.0 0.0 0.17
University (n = 180) 52.8 29.4 14.4 3.3 0.0  
Partner High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 122) 27.1 28.0 23.7 21.2 3.4 0.001
University (n = 180) 11.7 24.0 37.4 26.8 0.6  
Other Family High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 121) 49.6 26.4 22.3 1.7 0.0 0.032
University (n = 180) 35.0 38.9 21.7 4.4 0.0  
Child Physical Activity Mothers’ Group High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 120) 62.5 21.7 14.2 1.7 0.0 0.02
University (n = 180) 44.4 29.4 22.2 3.9 0.0  
Friends High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 120) 51.7 29.2 17.5 1.7 0.0 0.015
University (n = 180) 33.9 35.6 26.1 4.4 0.0  
Partner High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 122) 29.7 16.1 28.0 26.3 3.4 < 0.0001
University (n = 180) 11.2 17.3 33.0 38.5 0.6  
Other Family High school, trade/certificate/diploma, % (n = 121) 34.7 30.6 30.6 4.1 0.0 0.76
University (n = 180) 30.0 31.1 35.6 3.3 0.0  
  1. *p < 0.05 presented in bold